Mathura Jain Image Inscription

Written by Alok Mohan on June 15, 2022. Posted in Uncategorized

Inscription number: 92.
Mathura Jain Image Inscription of the Time of Huvishka Saka Year 44 (AD 122)
Provenance: Kankali Tila, Mathura U P
Script: Brahmi
Language: Prakrit influenced by Sanskrit
References: Buhler Ep.Ind, I, p.387, Number 9, P II,
pp-212, n 37, R-D. Banerji, EP.Ind, X, p114, Number 7, D.C Sircar Sel.Inss, I, pp155-56.
Text of the inscription
1. स्थ नम ( अ ) र तम महरजस्य हुवक्षस्य सवसरे 40+ 4 पन गृ (त्य) मस 3
दिविस ए ( त )
2. (य पूर्वय) गने अर्यचेटियिग कुले हरितमाल कढ़ि (यक शखय) वा चकस्य हमनदिस्य शिसोग (न )( सु ) भागसेणस
नि व्रतना

1. From the facsimile in Ep.Ind, I, facing p369, Number 5, and Ep.Ind, X,. Pl.I (facing p107, Number VII.)
2. Contraction for सिद्धम्
Such contractions gradually
developed into the variants of the auspicious symbol used
in Kushana and other inscriptions.
3. Bühler and Banerji read शर सतम = शूर सत्तम
and Sircar reads (अर) र ( ह ) तव
4. Buhler: 40+4 हन Banerji: अष्टपन = 58
Pali pannasa for fifty) also read as 70+8
5.Buhler: चेटिये कुले
6. Buhler: कडियाशाख Banerji कडियतो शा
7 Buhler : हगिनंदीअ शिसोग नागतेनस्य नि
Baner ji: Hag (i) n(a) dis (y) a si(so)gana
No 7 gaseno (7) Sircar शिस गन तगसेण दन

English Translation of the inscription
Success Salutations to the Arhats. In the year 44 of the great king Huraksha, and again in the 3rd month af summer,
on he 2nd day. On that (date specified as) above, the presentation of Bhaganandin, a preacher out of the (Varana). Gana, the Arya-Chetiya
(Arya-Chetika) kula (and the Haritamalagadhi ša kha.

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